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I consult for over a hundred small wineries and frequently recommend Flextanks. They breathe like a barrel -- unlike a stainless steel vessel, they allow off-gassing as well as oxygen uptake. In concert with well-selected oak alternatives can yield aging results comparable or superior to a good French Oak barrel at a fraction of the cost. We prefer their design to other plastic containers because they are designed to be topped and don’t have any air pockets.
The Apollo egg is a wonderfully convenient fermentation vessel, so easy to load, punch down, secure for fruit fly-free extended maceration, and dump into a press. Its cornerless design makes cleaning a breeze.Clark SmithOwner, WineSmith Wines & Consulting | Author, Postmodern Winemaking
Flextanks are an integral part of our winemaking program and have been since the 2008 harvest, when a fellow winemaker suggested them. We bought one 300 gal Flextank Stacker, used it for a year, loved the results and immediately purchased a half dozen more.
We lack space in our winery and the footprint of one Flextank (5 bbls of wine) is less space than two double stacked bbls. And storing them when not in use? I can stack them outside, three or even FOUR high!
We are currently using them to age both our reds and housing our whites prior to bottling. With the red wines I’ve begun experimenting with oak inserts in the Flextanks and have discovered that I’m needing less new French Oak, thus saving a bunch of cash. What I REALLLY love them for is racking! All we do is raise the FlexTank with a forklift, open the valve and gravity feed from one Flextank to another. And unlike barrels, they are easy to clean and they last forever... I’m sold!Squire FridellGlenLyon Vineyards & Winery, Two Amigos Wines
Now, the use of plastic tanks gives winemakers an even better container for more accurate control of a wine’s development at a fraction of the cost of a barrel...Using Flextanks contributes to your bottom line in three important ways; a) helping you make better wines, b) at lower production costs, and c) with greater assurance that the wines remain under your control.Richard Carey, PhDWinemaker, Tamanend Winery
A trip through the "old world" convinced us that producing traditional styles of cider was what we wanted to do, and because we were certified organic, we knew that ease of cleaning and sanitation would be critical to our success. We searched for tanks that would fit the bill and were also affordable. We found information about Flextanks and in 2008 we bought our first set (the first produced in the US)! While we had planned to buy more barrels and stainless tanks, the Flextanks were so convenient and fit our needs so well that we continued to buy them over the years.
Flextanks allowed us to expand our operation and stay within our limited budget.
We find the 300 gallon size to be perfect for us, they are easy to stack away when not in use. They work equally well for small batch fermentation and for cider storage. We appreciate the micro-oxygenation that happens with the heavy polyethylene wall, and the fact that they can be cleaned just like our stainless tanks and barrels with hot water and sanitizers. We also love now easy it is to treat tanks with oak staves, chip or cubes, and the built in sample taps make it easy to monitor the cider. We have been using some of these tanks for 12 years and have never had a problem, the folks at Flextank have always been helpful and great to deal with. The fact they are manufactured so centrally in Vancouver Washington also makes pick up or deliver super convenient.Bear & Nancy BishopAlpenfire Cider
Your product has enabled me to have complete control of pristine sanitation practices inside and outside the vessel. Cost effective reusability for many years without wine compromise experienced with used barrels. Ease of storage without barrel maintenancewhile empty between uses. Sampling for testing is now quick, simple and sanitary without need of opening and consequent air exposureI have much better control of what type and how long I keep my wine on oak. I have seen much more clarity of wine flavors, complexity of berry flavors are more fully retained.
Bottom line is we are winning multiple awards every year for the clarity and complexity of our wine. It enables the winemaker to do the absolute best to bring quality grapes to exquisite wines. Thank you for bringing us this sustainable and affordable improvement on the world's fine wines.
I have new oak equivalent each year without the potential for contamination from the barrels. The cleaning and labour is so much easier. I do not have to lift the tanks and I can crawl right inside for cleaning.Sandy MubarakCo-winemaker, Vineyard & Winery Manager for Old Coach Vineyards
I started using your 30 gal and 50 gal Flex Tanks with the skins and Oak adjuncts in 2012. I'm an amateur grape grower and wine maker who only uses his own grapes to make his wine. Rarely do I have enough volume to fill any tank so the skins have proven very successful. The 2013 wines seemed rather good so I entered them in the USA wide amateur competition "Bottle Shock Open" and won four medals. A bronze for a Tempranillo/Merlot blend. Two silvers, one for a Tempranillo and one for a Merlot, Tempranillo & Cab Franc blend. A final double gold medal was awarded for a Merlot/Tempranillo blend that I call "Dads Blend". The double gold "Dads Blend" was also given 98 points. I'm very pleased with the control and results I have had with the Flextanks.Scott BryanBryan Family Vineyards
At Andis Wines we employ a variety of techniques and cooperage types (stainless, barrels, concrete tanks, and Flextanks). Flextanks have become an absolutely indispensable tool in our goal of making delicious wines in a range of styles. In addition to being the best tanks to maximize the use of oak alternatives, our Flextanks are loved by our cellar staff — easy to clean, space efficient, and convenient for making additions. We also lose less wine to evaporation and need to make fewer sulfur additions than to our wines aging in barrels. We have made several wines exclusively in Flextanks from press to bottle and are thrilled with the results.Mark McKennaWinemaker, Andis Wines
I used your Stacker Tanks this year for some of my Pinot Noir. In blind tasting I found most people preferred the Flextank made wine over new French oak barrels. I also used the Dexter 80 Gallon cylinders for whites with oak for very short times. People loved these wines too.Don Hagge, PhDFarmer & Winemaker, VIDON Vineyard, LLC
I’ve used Flextank vessels for 5 vintages with great success and many best in class wines. The versatility and ease of use of the Apollo tank allows me to focus on small lots with attention to detail and allow for gentle skin contact for a clean and proper extraction.Eric HarrisOwner & Winemaker, Two EE’s Winery
“Our labour costs have been greatly reduced, along with the physical demands, while retaining the continued benefit of micro oxygenation... Everything is easier.”James MathiesonOwner & Winemaker, Springhouse Cellars
“We love these tanks. We get the micro oxygenation passively and we have no topping off issues. We get great fruit retention and as we pay for floor space in the winemaking facility by the square foot, the pallet tanks have dramatically reduced our rent costs.”Harold OsborneWinemaker, Salisbury Vineyards